Dukes Fall to Pitt in Annual City Game
Nov. 30, 2005
Duquesne dropped an 82-69 decision to cross town rival Pitt in a non-conference match-up Wednesday evening at the Petersen Events Center - ending the Dukes' five-game winning streak over the Panthers. Loui Hall netted a team-best 19 points and added seven rebounds in the loss. Also hitting double figures for DU were Brittany Warren with 13 and Aiga Bautre with 11. Nicole Sinclair grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. The Panthers were led by Maddy Brown's 21 points and a double-double from Marcedes Walker who posted 19 points and 11 rebounds.
The squads traded baskets to open play before the Panthers ran off a 7-0 run to take an 11-5 edge at 17:10. Bautre notched a three pointer to cut the lead to an 8-11 reach and followed with another shot from downtown to bring the contest to spark a 9-0 Dukes' run for a 17-13 lead at 14:44. The Panthers then hit just 1 of 4 from the charity stripe, but ended up with a 10-0 run and regained the lead with a 23-17 edge with 9:34 ticking. Hall's bucket at 6:41 put the Dukes within a 20-25 reach. Jocelyn Chandler tied the game at 25-25 with a Duquesne three pointer, but the Panthers responded with a three of their own for a 28-25 margin. Brittany Warren got the Dukes to a 29-30 reach, but five unanswered put the Panthers up 35-30 with 3:11 ticking. A put-back from Walker gave Pitt a 37-31 advantage and Duquesne would conclude the frame outscoring the host 4-1 for a 35-38 deficit at the break.
Both squads shot .400 for the first frame with the Dukes hitting .429 (12-28) and the Panthers hit .455 (15-33). Pitt had a poor performance from the line hitting just 4-11 attempts and Duquesne hit 7-8. Pitt held a 20-19 rebounding edge.
Hall put the Dukes on the board to open the second frame and give the Dukes' a 37-38 reach, but the Panthers executed a 9-0 run for a 47-37 lead - the first double-digit lead of the game. Pitt held a 55-41 lead at 14:44 after a three point goal by Karlyle Lim and they held their largest lead of the game (16 points, 62-45) with 9:55 on the clock. Duquesne's Malgorzata Flaga and Hall scored to give get the Dukes within a 50-62 edge with 8:44 ticking, but would not get closer than a 10-point reach with the last being a 55-65 deficit at 7:04. The Dukes would suffer the wrath of turnovers and poor free throw shooting while Pitt's pressure defense kept the Red & Blue in the final half of the second stanza. Pitt held a 74-57 lead as 3:54 remained - seven of which came from the free throw line. The Panthers would go on to take the 82-69 final and snap the Dukes' five-game winning steak in the cross-town series.
Duquesne out-shot the Panthers' .482 (27-56) to .412 (28-68) from the field, but were out-rebounded 44-37 for the game.
The Dukes are back in action this Saturday hosting Akron in a 2:00 pm non-conference bout at the Palumbo Center.